"Road Movie To Berlin" as written by and John S./flansburgh Linnell....
We're in a road movie to Berlin
Can't drive out the way we drove in
So sneak out this glass of bourbon
And we'll go

We were once so close to heaven
Peter came out and gave us medals
Declaring us the nicest of the damned

Time won't find the lost
It'll sweep up our skeleton bones
So take the wheel and I will take the pedals

We're in a road movie to Berlin
Can't drive out the way we drove in
So sneak out this glass of bourbon
And we'll go


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"Road Movie To Berlin" as written by John Linnell John Flansburgh

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  • +1
    General Commenthonored to be #1. song is a nice touch to end the flood album. i think its about a guy who has given up on life, and thinks there is no hope left for himself.
    sparticus150on July 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI didn't know what this song meant until it poped into my head as a was reading a book about WWII, now it's obivous. it's about Allied soldiers fighting to Berlin so they can go home, that's why they can't leave the way they came in. ther budies keep dying and they ight be killed, so they are close to heaven and they are getting medals for bravery. They also think that peple in the future will forget about the war, and thier memory will be swept away in time.
    great geo234on August 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI always thought it was about WWII, but the holocaust in particular. For example, it taliks about "THe nicest of the damned." And "can't go out the way we drove in" is sort of a weird way of talking about the gas chambers... gruesome, but an interesting salute to the victims. If this is the case, that is.
    emilieheidelon January 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI've always thought that this song might be from the point of the german soldiers retreating back to Berlin and realizing that they were mislead by their superiors. They now know they did bad things but they themselves are not bad people. It seems that the song is a sad reminicesnse of how they thought they were so close to victory for Germany but now they drink a toast to what could have been.
    zaphod_borgon January 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe silence and then "Time won't find the lost" is my favorite TMBG moment.
    mikehollidayon July 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDone well, but one of the few songs done better on the hello radio album.

    Much better, actually. Frank black does a damn good job.
    Sharpon January 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyup
    Mr. Baconon April 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI have always assumed that this song is a reference to the movie Der Himmel Uber Berlin (English title: Wings of Desire) produced by the West German production company Road Movies Filmproduktion in 1987. It is about guardian angles in Berlin in the late 80’s. The central plot revolves around one of the angels falling.
    goatbuson May 17, 2008   Link
  • -1
    Song MeaningThis song in my opinion is about a group of people lost in a desert and hallucinating about the fact that their in a road movie to Berlin. It also says that they were once close to dying and they saw Saint Peter giving them medals. They realize it was fake due to the fact that he called himself the king of liars (probably stating that this so-called "Saint Peter" is just a guy passing by fooling with them). And near the end they try to assemble bike ("You take the wheel and I will take the pedals").
    Shuda7on May 23, 2009   Link

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